MTV EMAs Fug or Fab: Gwen Stefani

This woman doesn’t age.

Also, if you think this is just a blouse, then you don’t know her very well.

Is anyone else getting a Madonna vibe from this? She’d LOVE looking like an undercover dominatrix who accidentally wandered out of the bathroom without untucking her muumuu from her spankies. There is also a part of me that thinks it’s very tepid for Gwen Stefani, as if her commitment to her quirky style is as halfway as that skirt.

Having said that, it IS still rather Gwen, and she manages to wear it somehow without looking like a fool — or at least, way, way less of a fool than most people would — so more power to her. Enjoy that while it lasts, my friend.

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Comments (36):

  1. Scouse Helen

    At least her head looks good. The outfit looks like she ran out of the hairdresser without taking off those overalls they make you wear.

  2. Melody

    I am neither over- nor underwhelmed. I am just whelmed.

  3. Katharine

    I think it’s brilliant in its asymmetry and subtle deployment of transparency, but maybe that’s just because she looks so much better than Eyeliner Baggy McPinktux on the left there.

  4. cathy

    @melody: so, you are an European? i am sort of whelmed too…

  5. Donna

    Over the years I’ve realized that I am just very partial to her and will think anything she wears or says is supercool. I realized i am in my late 30s and should be beyond that, but Gwen just does that to me.

    • Helen

      I’m 45 and I feel the same way. She is just the coolest woman there is.

  6. gryt

    Goddamn she’s beautiful.

    • Newb

      I know, right? Totally unfair how beautiful she is, even with mounds of make up on. No one else could pull off that much make up without being scorned.

  7. Leelee

    Serious question: Does she wear wigs? Because her hair has never once looked anything other than shiny and healthy, despite being peroxided to within an inch of its life. Also, I’ve never seen her with roots and NO-ONE can spend that much time in a hairdressers, surely?

    As for the outfit: I don’t particularly care for the drapery, but I lu-huuuve those boots.

    • Anna

      I was wondering the same thing! Hair really shouldn’t look this amazing after being peroxided that much.

      On the Madonna thing: I once read that they are actually distantly related.

      • Helen

        I think she might put pieces in, because it looks thicker to me than it did a few years ago. But that looks like her own natural part in the front IMO.

        So my best guess is, a mix, some her own, some not.

        • pidget

          I also frequently think about this – glad I’m not alone. I can’t keep up with highlights, but she always looks hair-immaculate. That alone deserves respect. Also, bonus points for piling on makeup without looking like a tart.

          I always feel like she knows herself, and would walk around looking like this regardless of audience, and I like that.

        • Jessica

          Totally some extensions for volume, like most of Hollywood, but I don’t think it’s a wig.

  8. Trace

    How has Gwen not aged a day since 1994??

    • Siobhán

      It’s called BOTOX.

      • Sajorina

        Actually, her face moves when she sings! She wrinkles like all of us when her face is in motion! No Botox, just good genes + taking great care of herself!

  9. Trace

    Also, I’ve always thought that Gwen looked like a cross between Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow – Gwydonna perhaps!

  10. Janie

    Did I really just vote “blah” for a shiny caftan tucked into booty shorts? What is the world coming to?

  11. Stefanie

    This is what Madonna THINKS she looks like.

  12. jean

    My only issue is the Madonna hair. Gwen shouldn’t remind me of Madonna at this point in their careers but she does. The dress is okay. It’s stagey and it more than covers her bits (which I appreciate). The boots are good?

  13. Agnes

    I love how every single recommended item about G-Stef is a Fug or Fab.

  14. Helen

    For Stefani, I love this. It probably wouldn’t work on anyone else.

    Tony Kanal must just want to kick himself sometimes.

  15. OH

    Darn. I was seriously hoping for a body suit with harem pants.

  16. Jenz

    It looks like her skirt was caught in her Spanx and no one’s told her.

  17. Bottle Ginger

    She really has the knack of “wearing clothes”, that is, she can carry off things that would look absolutely foolish on anyone else.

    How does she do it? Is it a matter of posture or attitude? Confidence? Thinness?

    • Helen

      Posture, presence, and an indefinable gift that some people seem to be born with. Stefani’s one of those rare, lucky women whose linen pants wouldn’t dare wrinkle.

  18. Sajorina

    ALWAYS FAB!!! No matter how many times you ask me, the FAB it’s a given because she’s Gwen F*ing Stefani, who is the coolest woman ever! Those boots would make anyone else look like a hooker, but on Gwen they’re pure rockin’ style! And, I love everything she dares to wear because she can pull anything off! I just LOVE her! I wish I had an ounce of her moxie! Sigh…

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  20. Lily1214

    She jusr doesn’t age, you know?

  21. Clarence Beeks

    I love her.

  22. Lizzie

    Considering what I remember from her past outfits, this get up is downright sophisticated and mature for Gwen. There’s no neon pink or plaid or sparkles anywhere.

  23. marilynr

    She is starting to look like Anna Nicole Smith. Cut that out!!!